Maurice Jones-Drew Will Skip Jacksonville Jaguars Voluntary Minicamp

By Joey Farbo

The Jacksonville Jaguars best player is choosing to skip the teams first voluntary minicamp under new head coach Mike Mularkey.

According to Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, Jaguars All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be reporting to the Jaguars veteran orientation camp set to begin on Tuesday. Instead, Jones-Drew will remain home in California to work out.

Skipping the voluntary portion of offseason workout programs is not a new development for Jones-Drew and it has not negatively effected his performance in the past. Jones-Drew is coming off a season in which he led the NFL in rushing yards despite being saddled with the worst passing offense in the league.

Some believe that Jones-Drew is choosing to skip the voluntary workouts to make a statement about his contract. While Jones-Drew still has two years remaining on his current deal, some other less productive running backs have cashed in with bigger contract since he signed his extension back in 2009.

Jones-Drew absence from the voluntary workouts will come as a surprise to Mularkey. When asked yesterday he said he was not aware of any players that would be absent from the workouts, but also stressed that they were voluntary.

Other than Jones-Drew, Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and kicker Josh Scobee are expected to be absent from the workouts.

Knighton is recovering from an eye injury he sustained in a bar fight last Sunday that is expected to keep him out for most of the offseason. Scobee has yet to reach a new deal with the team since having the franchise tag placed on him back in February and will remain absent until he either signs his franchise tender or reaches a new deal with the team.

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